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Getting your head around the world of Contemporary Art

Foreword

At our Fold Gallery party on 7th September we were lucky enough to have Art Critic and writer Nico Kos Earle talk to us about what it takes to get an artist into the Freize Art Fair and importantly how to choose art you wish to buy and for the right reasons.  Gallery owner Kim Savage talked about his current show and how he promotes his artists.  In a follow-up to those fascinating talks here is Nico again with a post script about understanding art collecting.  Barbara

Getting your head around the world of Contemporary Art

It was so good to meet you all at the FOLD on Wednesday night, and thank you for taking that first tentative step into what might seem like Lala-land. It occurred to me that a little postscript might be useful, by way of continuing along together on this bonkers but enticing merry-go-round of contemporary art.

In retrospect, I wonder whether I should have illustrated my idea of the art world’s six-point star by pulling a number of you out from the crowd and arranging you in formation. Not only would I have relished the opportunity to take the heat off myself, we could have all participated in a little performance art, and briefly embodied the role of critic, art historian or collector. Indeed, we might have located an artist amongst you, and manoeuvred you into its centre. There I would have asked you to imagine how you would remain true to yourself, with all these very important people around you that you needed to please.

On that evening we were surrounded by Kes Richardson’s “Lilliputian” canvases: large scale works that amplify every one of his favourite gestures in studio. This crucial insight into the work that Kim afforded us in his speech is the “why” the works seemed to work so well from a distance but defied logic from close up. He was expanding the unknown. Kim Savage’s exciting project gallery gives artists like Kes the chance to realise their vision, and as a consequence consistently wins the critic’s choice. All his artists benefit from the much needed critical appraisal along with this wonderful experimental space to explore and push their own boundaries.

What’s great about meeting emerging artists such as those the FOLD is committed to showcasing is that they are at the beginning of these encounters and tend to have a very clear, often idealistic vision untainted by commercial pressures. As Grayson Perry (Turner Prize winning cross-dresser) says, “All good art gives us an opportunity for a different relationship with time. It is usually about an individual’s radically idiosyncratic interpretation of the world.

If any of you manage to get a copy of Sarah Thornton’s book Seven Days in the Art World you might begin to find that in the course of her art appreciation “journey,” she had learned that art should not “just please the eye” but “rip open your mindset.” I think this is where we need to start if we want to get our heads around the world of contemporary art. Since the advent of the camera – which issued the era of Modern Art – contemporary art has often sought to penetrate beyond the veil, and can often seem anti-retinal.

What is especially exciting about this era now (which is post YBA stunts like Hirst’s shark and Emin’s unmade bed) is that we are beyond the shock of the new. Artists today have to be able to show they have skill combined with great concepts. The evidence has to be in the work, there for us to discover. This is also the era of networkism – where all of us are connected to something all of the time. Taking time out to look at and try to understand art is a fantastic way of detoxing from the constant stream of peripheral messaging.

If any of you would like a tour of Saatchi Start Art fair starting this Wednesday please do not hesitate to contact myself or Kim Savage.

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Chocolate Lovers at the Cocoa Vaults

Tuesday 11th October,  7 – 10 pm,

Hotel Chocolat. Cocoa Vaults 4 Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9HB

We’ve discovered a gem of a venue… a chocolate vault in the heart of buzzy Covent Garden. Using a little persuasion we have the vault to ourselves on Tuesday 11th October. Come along to this private Rendezvous event and enjoy a welcome glass of Prosecco. We’ll be serving some taste-bud-challenging and chocolate-infused canapés prepared by specialist chefs in their restaurant Rabot 1745 in Borough Market.

Let’s bring out the Casanova in us all.  The legendary lover, touted chocolate for its ability to provide energy and he understood the allure of creamy, dark chocolate on craving-prone women. Chocolate can turn on the pleasure sensors in the brain, the great lothario declared dark chocolate’s sweet, complex and sensual pleasure among the world’s finest aphrodisiacs, second only to Champagne.

Perfect we have prosecco and pralines…. mingling a room full of singles.

Tickets already selling fast so sign up and bring along a friend to share a chocolate experience.

Ticket price includes a glass of Prosecco, chocolate canapés and an intimate room full of eligible guests.

Date: Tuesday 11th October

Party Size: 45

Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Password: Casanova

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An Arty Party: What does it take to be chosen for Frieze?

Weds. 7th Sept.  7pm – 9pm.

Fold Gallery.  158 New Cavendish St, London W1W 6YW.

 

The art season in London kicks off again in September and culminates during the week of Frieze in October – a week in which the whole of the kooky-collective of the contemporary art world descends on London. Art writer Nico Kos Earle will give us a brief insight into some of the questions museum curators, art critics and major collectors are asking of contemporary artists, ahead of FOLD Gallery Director Kim Savage’s in depth discussion on his current show by artist Kes Richardson. Savage will also shed some light on his criteria for selecting artists and what a gallery really needs to do – group shows, solo shows, catalogues, and art fairs – to give their artists a viable platform.

 

Learn what it is they’re looking for and why is it that so much of what we see at first glance is incomprehensible? What is it that distinguishes an artist and how can we begin to determine if their work will have a lasting impact.

 

Come mingle with beautiful people in this calm, elegant space and enjoy a fantastic evening of good conversation and contemporary art.   Ticket price includes wine and canapés.

 

Date: Wednesday 7th September

Party Size: 60

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Password: Arty

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Ab Fab Review

Absolutely Fabulous: Sweetie is it me you’re looking for?

Ever get the feeling that July is becoming more like December every year – longer days, just as many hedonistic parties, but no Santa at the end of it?

Well fear not, our Absolutely Party was one party where all of our Christmas’s really did come at once!

I’d long been anticipating this party, ever since gracing the film set at the Hotel du Cap Riviera scene of Ab Fab the Movie on a sunny day in October 2015. Alright, you can’t really see much more than my big toe behind a fabulous hat-wearing Joan Collins.  But Sweetie it’s still my big toe; Sweetie it is!

It was a warm and bright July day when party day finally arrived.  I had dropped over to our cute-as-an-80s disco venue Ma Dame earlier in the day.  I had to stop myself from raiding the miniatures from our party bags filled with goodies from our brand partners Daniele de Winter, Bloom Gin, Franco’s of St James, Events on Fleek, Lumity, Hotel Chocolat and Stoli.

Stoli pulled out all the stops and sent us a mountain of Ab Fab paraphernalia, including cocktail suggestions, pink fans and cocktail umbrellas.  I had to fan myself a touch to cool down from the excitement!

Over at the pre-party, we’d turned my colleague Leila Benton-Jones’ London pad, around the corner from Ma Dame, into Eddy’s hideout house.  Leila’s other residence is Irnham Hall which is booked solid as a venue for weddings.  As an event host herself she had no problem allowing us to set up a pre-event suite for 25 members and go large with our big-hair and movie-star make-up crew.

And what a treat we had in store.  Rendezvous female members were offered free hair and makeup by the fabulously stylish Return to Glory’s team of top notch therapists.  There were Patsy’s a-plenty with towering beehives, fluffy Bubbles dos and even uproariously funny Eddys.  No holding back on the make up – full Patsy street slap – “Leave the natural look at home Sweetie”.

We’d made sure that the boys weren’t going to miss out – Bloom Gin stopped by with their girl power gin-du jour.  Made by distillatrix Joanne Moore with a delicate floral palette that feels more like a subtle peck on the palette than a full on male ginbanger’s punch!

Our favourite Jermyn Street restaurant, darling Franco’s dropped by with a case of delicious Prosecco and a stonking offer for our members.  See www.facebook.com/rdvlondon for details. – we liked it so much we made it our header.

Looking amazeballs, er ….fabulous Sweetie, and slightly tipsy, we trotted or taxi’d off around the corner.  None of our Patsys or Eddys fell out of cabs on the way there did they? Did you Pats Sweetie, did you? No one needs to know…

Chez Ma Dame Kylie’s version of Wheels on Fire was playing as we all scooped up Ma Dame’s killer welcome drinks, and in no time at all we had swished around the party and said hi to all those we knew, and all those we didn’t…well thanks to Fleek Photo Booth and closed curtains we soon did.

The Fleek Photobooth was a magnet to our glamourous guests who queued, posed, then ooed over their snaps.  Events on Fleek did an amazing job. What is it with their lighting?  We all look amazing – even with as many as six squeezed in. I want one at home!  Love the snogging action on film!  Do we know how to rock a good party or what?

Glamorous May, looking like a super stylish Amy Winehouse with her Patsy do, passed around Hotel Chocolat’s gloriously boozy cocktail chocolates. Sweetie darling? Oh yes please!

Then everyone hit the dance floor without a care in the world.

Fancy dress, fancy best.  Grabbed a goody bag (it is July Christmas after all) and then it was on to that journey home for the Eddy taxi exit that no one needs to know about…

 

Ab Fab Party

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Sweetie Darling,
Ma Dame….8th July Ab Fab Party strictly limited tickets
Ever-single Eddy has tasked BBB with a party for London singles… the planning committee began conversations somewhere in Mayfair last night… the final guest list is under-wraps but I am sure you will want to be on it.
Mutterings from Eddy’s Holland Park home….
Saffy: “I’m sorry, Mum, but I’ve never seen what you actually do”
Eddy: “PR!”
Saffy: “Yes, but…”
Eddy: “PR! I PR things! People. Places. Concepts. Parties. Barbara darling help me will you!
Barbara: “Eddy Eddy it’s for gorgeous sexy sweetie singles… at Ma Dame.”
Eddy: “Bubble invitations, singles darling, beautiful gorgeous…. Ditch the Bolly we’ve got glorious media darling Bloom gin, Sweetie!”

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Bubble (Eddy’s PA): “Ooo… bear with me, see, I am hopeless with names, faces and people.”
Eddy: “Bubble … grown-ups…London chic types over 40’s.”
Saffy: “Mum let Barbara handle it.”
Patsy: “For once you’re not talking bollocks give it to Brudenell-Bruce.”
Eddy: “Sweetie what are you drinking?”
Patsy: “Oh this? Chanel No. 5.”
Eddy: “Quick, quick shower… Wash and go. Sandpaper, exfoliant, cellulite breakdown, tone and perm, auto-bronzer and birch twigs!”
Saffy:
Free welcome cocktail, Photo booth, DJ and dancing until late…..and there’s a pre-party makeover package BBB has pulled out all the stops – book now!


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